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Same-Sex Marriage in Iowa Threatened by Governor's Appointment

Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad (pictured) has threatened the state's Democratic majority in the Senate by appointing Sen. Swati Dandekar to the Iowa Utilities Board, the Des Moines Register reports:

Branstad The special election to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Swati Dandekar of Marion is in a district that has more Republican registered voters than Democrats.

If Republicans win, the 50-seat Senate in 2012 will be evenly split.

That would give the GOP a far better chance to push ahead on a handful of issues that have been blocked in the Senate such as a proposal to amend the state constitution and eliminate marriage rights for same-sex couples, members of both parties agreed.

The special election is set for November 8.

The paper adds:

Just hours after the news broke, Democrats launched a website: KeepTheMajority.com.

“This election will be a clear choice between what voters in the district want: someone who will stand up and support them in the Iowa Senate, or someone who will pursue a divisive agenda like Iowa Republicans chose to during the last session,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky said. “We’re confident that Iowans will vote for real leadership and choose to maintain Democratic control of this seat.”

In the past, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to block any attempts to bring up an anti-gay amendment. Without a majority, he'll have a much harder time doing that. No doubt The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats is licking his chops.

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  1. sounds like the standard democratic circular firing squad.

    No republican would ever, ever, ever do anything like this. But, it seems to be standard procedure for dems to either not take advantage of circumstances or to give an advantage to the opponent as in this case.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Sep 19, 2011 8:43:27 AM


  2. (big sigh) This sucks.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 19, 2011 10:04:34 AM


  3. it will suck until we get real leaders that will put a full stop on taking away citizens rights.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 19, 2011 10:37:19 AM


  4. A Republican majority always sucks for gay rights, but they still would have some work to do to turn back the clock: 2 consecutive sessions of the legislature need to approve the amendment before it would go to the voters. Time is on our side.

    I hope equality supporters in IA will drive home the point that attempting to write discrimination into a constitution is an expensive waste of time (as in CA, lawsuits would follow) and an unnecessary diversion for lawmakers who should be focused on jobs and the economy. What is the Republican priority? Undoing marriage equality (to what benefit?) or paying attention to unemployment. This doesn't have to be a political winner for them.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 19, 2011 10:38:12 AM


  5. It sounds like the Democrat who accepted the Governor's appointment to the Utility Board really doesn't care if his party loses control of the Iowa Senate. Shame on him.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Sep 19, 2011 10:48:22 AM


  6. Hmmmm, thirty pieces of silver involved? (That's a biblical reference (just a note for the secular humanists)).

    Posted by: Hysterical Record | Sep 19, 2011 1:39:27 PM


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